The Info List - Julia Barfield

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Julia Barfield, FRSA MBE RIBA, (born 1952) is a British architect and director of Marks Barfield Architects, established in 1989. Barfield created the London Eye
London Eye
together with husband partner David Marks. Barfield has interest in vernacular architecture, geometry and in the way nature "designs and organizes itself so efficiently". She was influenced by Buckminster Fuller
Buckminster Fuller
and his beliefs on how architects have a social and environmental responsibility.[1] Barfield remains involved in a diverse array of projects within architecture, including the categories of culture, education, transportation, sports, leisure, and master planning.[2]


1 Education 2 Experience 3 Works

3.1 London Eye

4 Awards 5 References

Education[edit] Julia Barfield
Julia Barfield
studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London from 1972 to 1978. During her year out, she went to South America and worked in the barriadas (squatter settlements) of Lima
in Peru designing housing and a community centre.[2] According to an interview with the Architects Journal Magazine, Barfield was drawn to architecture because of her parents' best friend's father, also an architect. She was interested in the arts and sciences, and believes that "architecture is a bridge" between these.[3] Experience[edit] After graduation, Barfield worked for Foster and Partners
Foster and Partners
for nine years. In 1990, together with husband David Marks, they founded Marks Barfield Architects. During the last 13 years, with Marks, she has designed projects in the leisure, housing, transport, education and cultural sectors.[4] Barfield has served as an Awards' assessor for RIBA and Civic Trust, as well as a judge for various architectural competitions.[2] A recent competition Barfield judged was the RIBA forgotten Spaces Competition. Barfield serves as a leader within the field of architectural education, continuing to lecture at conferences and universities, advising for the Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment Masters' course at Cambridge University, is a Governor at Godolphin & Latymer School for girls, and was previously the Vice President of the Architectural Association School of Architecture.[2] Works[edit]

London Eye[edit]

The best thing about the Eye is the journey. It’s not like the Eiffel tower, where you get in a dark lift and come out on to a platform at the top. The trip round is as important as the view. -Julia Barfield, 2015[5]

In 1993, the Sunday Times
Sunday Times
and the Architecture Foundation held an open competition to design a landmark for the millennium, which would in turn be the London Eye.[5] According to an interview with architects David Marks, and Julia Barfield, their design submission for the competition did not win; in fact, none of the submissions won the competition. Instead, the architects decided to build The Eye anyway.[5] In March 2000, the London Eye
London Eye
was completed for ₤85m. Awards[edit] Julia Barfield
Julia Barfield
and her firm have won more than 60 awards for their design, innovation and sustainability.[2] Barfield is the winner of "Architectural Practice of the Year" in 2001[1] and a "Queen's Award for Enterprise & Innovation" in 2003. References[edit]

^ a b "Women In Architecture: Julia Barfield
Julia Barfield
/ Marks Barfield Architects". OpenBuildings. Retrieved 12 October 2015.  ^ a b c d e " Marks Barfield Practice". Marks Barfield. Retrieved 2017-03-04.  ^ "Julia Barfield: 'A lot of architects have the ideas but they don't take them forward'". Architects Journal. Retrieved 2017-03-04.  ^ "Official website". Jillie Bushell Associates. Retrieved 12 October 2015.  ^ a b c Abbott, Kate (10 February 2015). "Architects David Marks and Julia Barfield: how we made the London Eye". theguardian.com. Retrieved 12 October 2015. 

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